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'What is the European Capital of Culture and what it can do for a City?'

The European Capital of Culture has been much in the news following Leeds City Council's decision to bid for the title for 2023. This talk provided a brief history of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) event since its launch in 1985, and discussed its aims, and gave some examples of how it has been used by different European cities to produce cultural, economic and social change.

Professor Franco Bianchini, Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning, Leeds Beckett University

Franco Bianchini

Franco Bianchini is Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests include: the role of culture in urban regeneration (with a particular focus on port cities and on European Cities/Capitals of Culture); cultural diversity and interculturalism as resources for innovation in urban policy, and the development of urban cultural strategies in Europe in the context of the current political, economic and environmental crises.

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